Definition of state of affairs (or things) in English:

state of affairs (or things)

phrase

  • A situation or set of circumstances.

    ‘the survey revealed a sorry state of affairs in schools’
    • ‘‘When he arrives, we will sit down and have a long talk regarding his position and the state of things in the team,’ he said.’
    • ‘I like the idea of teaching kids to evaluate risks, but I wonder about the state of things in our world today.’
    • ‘Whether that will really work with voters, who tend to be pretty happy with the state of things right now, remains to be seen.’
    • ‘I don't want to travel by public transport as I don't feel safe, and that is a sorry state of affairs.’
    • ‘Sunderland's solicitor Clive Flynn described the case as a sad and sorry state of affairs.’
    • ‘A sorry state of affairs to say the least and a disaster for the promotion of the game.’
    • ‘‘I think it's pretty meaningless to make a film that reinforces the current state of things,’ says Achbar.’
    • ‘The pains of exile, as it turns out, extend outward into a pained contemplation of the sorry state of things worldwide.’
    • ‘I genuinely take the view when I travel that most people are basically decent and friendly and amazingly hospitable, and that's the natural state of things.’
    • ‘It isn't really about revealing, you know, the true state of things, it is partly about selling us things that keep us comfortably numb in the matrix.’
    condition, shape, situation, circumstances, state of affairs, position
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